Sunday, 24 September 2017

Bomba Night Run In Cyberjaya

Nowadays, runners are spoilt for choice when it comes to joining and running in races, be it road races or trail events. This weekend was no different.

There were plenty of events to choose from; from cash rich, state sponsored events to events tied to brand names, to smaller scale events with less sponsors and hype.

For myself, I chose one half marathon that was organised by Cyberjaya Recreation and Cycling Club with Persatuan Sukan, Kebajikan dan Kebudayaan Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Negeri Selangor (PERSKEB ) and 10senses Sdn Bhd called the Firefighters Cyberjaya Night Half Marathon (FFCNHM). A no-frills event but rather well executed, nevertheless. Not perfect as some improvements can be made but perfectly OK to me.

This was their third edition; the first one was held in 2014 and the second one in 2015. I had joined the inaugural edition but had to give the 2015 one a miss as the family was on a vacation elsewhere, and I ran in an ultramarathon instead. heh heh

While I had registered early for the race and marked my calendar, training for the half marathon had been erratic. I had kinda stopped training during the first week of September when Hubby was hospitalised and hadn't been doing much after that, other than running in a couple of 10K races the week before this half marathon.

With such terrible training, even a sub3-hour finish would be fine for me. So sad, right? huhuhu
The race venue was the Balai Bomba Cyberjaya itself and apart from the race, there were firefighters exhibition and booth selling items too.

Flag-off was 8pm for 21K, 8.20pm for 10K and 8.30pm for 5K.

There was quite a respectable number of runners in the half marathon category of about 1,000 despite so many events being held during the weekend. About 500 10K runners too (gleaned from the results list) and the rest were 5K runners. I heard there was about 2,200 runners in total, in all categories.

But some runners not only joined this Firefighters Cyberjaya Night Half Marathon, they also run in
other races - either on Saturday morning or Sunday morning.

I find the route good and provided us runners enough challenge without being too difficult. And thank goodness there weren't such busy traffic in Cyberjaya.

A night run (actually morning run too) in Cyberjaya is nice, just for that reason.

The organiser had placed traffic cones along the route (about 80% of the route) so that was great. However, I guess because the lack of traffic anticipated by the organiser, some junctions were left unmanned and both runners and vehicles had to pandai-pandai jaga diri.

Thank goodness most drivers in Cyberjaya are patient! 

The route was well-lit and where there were dark stretches, the organiser had placed mobile lighting from their pick-up trucks and bomba trucks.
Ample distance markers and route markers.

Route markers clearly showed the route of each different categories to follow and distance markers were in countdown format.

Crews and volunteers too helped by ensuring the 21K and 10K runners followed their respective route.

The most mental part of the run was after Shaftbury Square, from about KM14 until KM16.5 or so. We could see runners who had already made their u-turn on the opposite side of the road but as we run, it was just straight ahead with no sign of u-turn. So faaaarrrrrrrrr.... No u-turn yet! Hahaha

It was a great relief when we finally made our u-turn at the junction near Seri Puteri school and with only about 4K left to go.
Water stations (WS) were placed at about 3K apart so that was good.

Apart from water and isotonic (100-plus which unfortunately I can't drink), N8 Sports Nutrition had a WS at KM9 and luckily, I can drink N8.

Ice cold N8 drink is so sedapppppp! 

There were bananas at KM12 if I'm not mistaken and the bike marshall actually was helpful enough to carry some bananas and offered them to runners further up that particular WS. 

I had pretty much just drank water and depended on sucking barley mint sweets and the N8 drink, skipping even the banana.

But I just had to stop for coffee which was served by TrueStart Performance coffee at KM17 WS.

They had both hot and iced coffee. It was heaven! And it gave me the needed boost to complete my run.

The last 3K or so was an incline so yeah, we runners faced hilly section as we were running to finish our half marathon. Suffer. Hahaha

Luckily for me, I had told Hubby earlier that I'm just looking for a slow 3-hour run so I spared myself from suffering or bonking. I certainly wasn't looking to push too much, with my lack of training and all and also for the fact that I didn't want to have a longer recovery time next week.
But still happy lor, can finish in less than 3-hour after all. Hihihi

Finish line organisation was good. Plenty of crews and volunteers to help show us runners the way to collect our medals and finisher tees and that help ease any congestion that might happen in front of the finish line.
Got my medal then off I was shown the way to the tent where the finisher tees were located and also where we could get ice cream Malaysia, carrot soup and bread too.

The finisher tents for 21K runners were separated from the 10K and 5K runners and that is great! That meant, us slow 21K finishers were still able to enjoy food when we finished.

I love the carrot soup served (sponsored by Cyberview Lodge) for 21K runners. Nice to have a hot meal after a run. Old dy, tummy must have something warm. Hahaha

I also managed to taste the carrot soup served for 10K & 5K runners (got leftovers lah) which was sponsored by IOI Putrajaya. Sedap also. 
All in all, a good run for me.

So sayang my timing is so bad but that's what one gets when one didn't exactly train for it.

So lesson learnt and must commit to training after this!
I like the route and it's somewhat similar to Twincity Half Marathon route (of course la... same area).

As I mentioned earlier, if there were more road marshalls (other than placing the traffic cones - but this was good too. Pity only, some of us runners don't really know to run inside the coned area and kept going outside of it), it would've been better but still, good job by the organiser.

I hope to join the event again, next year! I'll do better next time. Promise. Hehehe

Some photos taken during the event can be found at  Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura page. Please go see and follow us! ^^
Results is available too, so head over this link.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Rakuzen Birthday Dinner

It was my birthday on Thursday and Hubby had wanted to take us out for a nice dinner in the evening. But Son too wanted to treat me for dinner, and insisted that he'd pay for it and even wanted to accompany me to a nearby sports store for my birthday present from him.
My Son, the little gentleman! *love*

We went to Rakuzen in Bangsar Village.

The price is quite affordable here so we won't be breaking Son's piggybank for the dinner. Hehehe

I had the spicy kaki (oyster) set. Nice, plump oysters in the spicy miso nabe.
 Hubby had the kaisen nabe set.
While Son had the sake oyakodon (salmon & salmon roe) set.

We later spent a bit of time at Border bookstore for some free reading *ops* before going to Baskin Robbins for an ice cream treat.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Matcha Making With Maiko Tea

After learning about making Gyokuro tea (read my earlier post here), I was also able to learn how to make matcha.

And oh, the Maiko that I'm talking about is not a maiko who is a geiko apprentice lah, but rather the superior Japanese tea brand, Maiko Tea. 
Items needed for making matcha:
1. Matcha (of course)
2. Matchawan (matcha bowl)
3. Chasen (whisk)
4. Chasaku (wooden spoon)
5. Sweets to enjoy with the matcha (OK, this one not items to make tea but to enjoy tea with...)

Stand the chasen in the matchawan then pour hot water into the cup to warm up the cup and the chasen's bristles.
Discard the hot water and add matcha.

Use the chashaku to put the powdered matcha into the bowl, about two full drops or around 2g of matcha.

Of course, it also depends on our own preference.
When I tap my matchawan, I saw lumps forming in the powdered tea. It is important not topour hot water into the cup, since this might cause the lumps to stay that way.
Tea master Toshiya Nakabo showed us this cute utensil which is a whisk stand and measuring cup. It is used to cool down boiling water before we pour the water into our matchawan.
I poured hot water until the top line of the bamboo design, and then carefully poured the water into my matchawan.
Whisk it with the chasen until all the lumps are gone to make it look like this.
Pour hot water into the bowl. The amount of hot water used should be around 60-70 ml and the temperature of the water about 80-90 degrees celsius.

Then use the chasen to stir. The handle of the whisk should be held firmly with your hand while your wrist makes rapid, jerking movements back and forth. Move the whisk as if you are writing the letter "M" into the bowl. The tip of the whisk should never touch the bottom of the bowl. 

We were told that it was easier to whisk in a standing position so our arm is straight, rather than doing it while sitting down on a chair. But the traditional way would see us sitting down but our arm will be positioned straight anyway.
When the surface of the tea looks like a creamy broth with foam consisting of many tiny bubbles, it is ready to serve.
I enjoyed mine with matcha ball chocolate. Eating sweets with matcha sure enhances the experience.
The two hour session learning about making gyokuro and matcha with tea master Toshiya Nakabo was sure a fun and informative experience.

With what I learn that day, I can appreciate more the art of tea drinking in Japan.

Thank you to Maiko Tea for the session.

And oh, products of Maiko tea - selling all sorts of superior Japanese tea and also tea utensils and snacks are available at their website: MaikoTea Japan.
Alternatively, one can purchase it at Iloha Culture Centre at 21-1 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. It's very close to Bangsar Village.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Press Release: ILLUMI RUN MAKES ITS NEON SPLASH ON MALAYSIAN SHORES

Hailed as the ultimate festival on the run in Asia, registration is now open at www.illumirun.com/my
Kuala Lumpur, 19 Sept 2017: After glowing success in Singapore, Australia and China, ILLUMI RUN willmake its debut in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, 13 January 2018 at Selangor Turf Club. Infinitus Productions Pte Ltd announced the launch of ILLUMI RUN today at Sunway Velocity Mall, together with presenting sponsor, MPI Generali Insurans Berhad. 
The first of its kind in Asia, ILLUMI RUN is set to give runners an exhilarating neon experience with its iconic ILLUMI Glow Water. This non-competitive run will see participants run, walk and dance through the different themed ultraviolet music zones whilst being splashed with ILLUMI Glow Water. The fun continues after the run with a music festival at Selangor Turf Club. There, they will be treated to a line-up of LIVE acts against the backdrop of psychedelic neon displays.

Oliver Tan, CEO of MPI Generali Insurans Berhad said, as the pioneer general insurer to organize community based runs in Malaysia, MPI Generali Run has been kick-starting the local running calendar since 2012 to encourage healthy lifestyle. After six years, we felt it is the right time to seek a more engaging activity with our base of runners, new runners, business partners, employees and customers. We are proud to have the opportunity to present this first in Malaysia ultimate festival on the run experience that combines wholesome fun, community spirit and promote running at the same time.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring ILLUMI RUN to Malaysia for the very first time. The reception from our partners here in Malaysia has given us the confidence that this event will be an even more epic experience. We are committed to creating a glowing experience for all our runners and we promise an evening of good clean fun. Get ready to run and glow, said Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions Pte Ltd.

Targeting over 8,000 participants, each of them will be equipped with a SWAG bag full of cool merchandise that will get them revel in neon vibes. The event will be complemented with a nightlife atmosphere, creating a clubbing experience enroute, bringing the ultimate neon night run to life.

ILLUMI RUN also believes in giving back to the community and will be pledging monetary support to S.O.S Kids, a community support group who aims to improve the care of the critically sick and underprivileged children based in Sarawak. The funds will be raised through registration fees as well as add-on donations from participants. Through ILLUMI RUN, the event hopes to raise awareness for S.O.S kids and contribute more funds towards their efforts to provide better medical care for these children.

For more information, please go to www.illumirun.com/my

Fact sheets:
ILLUMI RUN MALAYSIA 2018
Date : 13 January 2018
Time : 7.00pm – 11.30pm
 Venue : Selangor Turf Club
Distance : 4km with 5 different glow zones along the route
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/illumirun
Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/illumirunmy

EARLY BIRD RATE
Registration Fees : RM80
Registration Period : 19/09/2017 – 27/10/2017
Age Limit : For age 13 years old and above.
Fear of missing out?
Sign up NOW to enjoy early bird rates!

NORMAL RATE
Registration Fees : RM90
Registration Period: 28/10/2017 – 8/12/2017
Age Limit: For age 13 years old and above.
It’s YOUR last chance to be part of Asia’s WILDEST party on the run. You only live once!

PAIR RATE
Registration Fees : RM150
Registration Period: 19/09/2017 – 8/12/2017
Age Limit: For age 13 years old and above.Good things come in pairs! Get some company, sign up NOW with your best buddy.

PARTY OF 4 RATE
Registration Fees : RM280
Registration Period: 19/09/2017 – 8/12/2017
Age Limit: For age 13 years old and above.2’s a Company, 3’s a Crowd, 4’s a Party!
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ILLUMI KIDS MORNING RUN 2018 DETAILS
Date : 13 January 2018
Time : 7.00am – 11.30pm
Venue : Selangor Turf Club
Distance : 2km run with Parent
On-Route Zones: 2
Registration Period: 19/09/2017 – 8/12/2017Age
Limit: For age 4 to 12 years old.
Registration Fees : RM 40

For the young ones, turn yourself into a colourful piece of art!
*One parent/guardian is required to accompany the child in the “ILLUMI Kids category”. Only the child will receive the runner’s entitlement. *Each accompanying parent/guardian will receive a wrist tag at the Swag Ball Collection which has to been worn at the event for identification

ENTITLEMENTS
SPLASH OUT SHIRT
SWAG BAG
FOAM STICK
GOGGLES

Monday, 18 September 2017

Bangi Wonderland Nature Run - A Mix Of Road And Trail Run

Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort is the region’s newest water theme park and resort located in Bangi, Selangor and in conjunction with its 1-year anniversary, a running event was be held on 17 September 2017, with the Start and Finish line located at Bangi Wonderland Theme Park. It was also the first nature run held inside the UKM nature forest reserve for 10km (20% flat road & 80% off road inside UKM forest reserve) / 3km Fun Run.
There was a bit of drama in me joining the race as I actually forgot to register for it but it was all sorted out, thanks to the kind organiser. Thank you!

Hubby and I made our way to Bangi Wonderland Theme Park at around 6.00am and we arrived 30 minutes later. RELA members were hard at work helping out with parking and that went smoothly.

We had joined P.S.P King of Forest in July, which was also organised by the same organiser; CentriSoh Sales & Marketing and that was a great event so I was really looking forward for this run too.

There was a bit of issues with cones placing and marshalls so the 7.00am flag-off for 10K was delayed to 7.15am. The 3K Fun Run was later flagged-off at 7.30am.
The 10K route saw us running at the road section for 1K before we enter the UKM Forest Reserve (which was actually a plantation) for the off-road section for about 8K before exiting and back to the road section for the final 1K.
The trail was very runnable and despite the organiser's update on Facebook about the possibility of slippery route, due to rain on Saturday morning; it was dry when we ran there on Sunday morning.

The route was undulating but nothing that made one suffer that much. Just like Saturday's 10K run at Run For National Unity, I decided to take it easy.

I alternated running with walking on uphills and also taking photos.
Medic team with race marshall.

Marshalls were placed at junctions to ensure runners run through the correct path and there were tapes to close off areas that we were not supposed to enter.
Go this way, please. :P

To ensure that we're not creating unnecessary garbage, the organiser had adopted a bring-your-own-bottle concept for this race, just like at P.S.P King of Forest.

One water station was placed at around KM5 mark but I didn't stop to drink. I brought a bottle of mineral water but I didn't feel I needed a drink. Same thing when I ran in the Run For National Unity the day before too.

Just like the Run For National Unity, my "engine" only got properly warmed up after around 6K so I picked up speed after that. Managed to "pangkah" a few runners during the last 3K too. Hehehe

I only set a target of a slow 1:40 for this run but I was happy that I managed to finish faster.
Then it was time to look for post-run refreshments. Nasi lemak, watermelons and 100-Plus. Mighty White gave out a whole lot of free samples so we enjoyed that too. I even got free samples of Laurier sanitary pad! Syiok. Hahaha
Hubby mentioned that a company, Mr D.I.Y to be exact send a bus loads of runners from their company to join the run. How cool was that!
Overall, I really enjoyed the run. It went smoothly. The trail section was nice and it was sure great to enjoy fresh air and nature.

Thank you to the organiser, crew and volunteers for a really great morning outing.

And also, thanks for the complimentary Bangi Wonderland Theme Park ticket which the first 800 participants who registered get with their race entries.

Later can go and play water at the theme park lah!

Photos taken at Bangi Wonderland Nature Run 2017 can be seen at my Facebook page: Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura. Please feel free to tag your friends. :)

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